How to overcome procrastination…


Author: Rebecca Verduci

Hard work is not a term many people are attracted to. It usually requires overcoming procrastination, involves some form of motivation and then necessitates commitment. Hard work should be coupled with a reward in order to find the motivation.

The impact of your hard work should be noticed by many and impact those you care about significantly or else there seems no point.

Why put in the hard work?

Answering the question of why lies in who it will benefit. If we look at a paid job; we know that the outcome will benefit family and loved ones.

We are putting in the hard work for either survival, recreation or shelter.

Survival has a larger drive to facilitate the hard work as does shelter. The recreation will be in direct proportion to the hard work endured. A luxury 5 star villa escape for 7 nights with a pool bar and a chef cooking 3 meals a day may warrant that extra 2 hours overtime for a month but no longer. Putting food on the table for your family of 4 will require strenuous manual labour for 10 hours a day; of which there will be no complaints because your children are now fed, and you are especially grateful. A third example evident on the news recently have been of shelters created for hurricanes. A perceived threat to our survival may mean that a whole community will get involved in producing a shelter capable of withstanding a hurricane in order to protect a whole town. This form of hard work will benefit an entire community and addresses both a survival and shelter need. The three areas addressed in sustaining hard work are generally survival, shelter and recreation. These are the reasons for our efforts.

Procrastination usually stems from the term “hard work”. If we instead view the action as a means to a desired outcome; we would be more inclined to commence the action rather than procrastinate. Let’s consider manifesting the desired outcome during the work process. Instead of focusing on the work at hand, the reward triggers the energy exertion and makes it all worth-while. Or rather, hope or vision of the end result encourages a challenging period of hard work.

Hard work takes many forms. It may be manual hard work and demand a lot of physical exertion. Students labour over books while preparing for examinations. Authors may research and write as a form of hard work and scientists may experiment for years while trying to find a mystery vaccination for a life threatening illness. All forms are demanding and tiring and require a high level of commitment to the end goal. They require productivity, efficiency and will always add value to a person’s character.

Hard work is challenging only in its description.

If instead we manifest the end result, mix in a little hope, we’ll find the motivation to overcome the procrastination.

The efforts will almost always be triggered by survival, shelter or recreation and will certainly test an individual’s character. The expected result of hard work will drive you to produce.

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